The academic calendar of University of Science and Technology of China is comprised of two semesters: the fall semester and the spring semester. The fall semester normally starts from September to next year's January and the spring semester normally begins from February to June. There will be two long holidays for each academic year, including a summer break and a winter break. The summer break usually lasts for eight weeks and USTC may arrange summer courses or summer program for our students. The assigned time of university’s winter break varies yearly as this is determined by the date of the Chinese New Year, which is regulated by the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. The winter break usually lasts for four weeks.For more detailed information please refer to the University's academic calendar.
The Undergraduate Students of USTC are given a time limit of 4 years to complete their studies. There will be 3 years for Graduate Students (depending on the student’s field of specialization/major) and 4 years for Doctorate/Post Graduate Students to complete their study at USTC. Students may apply for early graduation if they have fulfilled their respective graduation requirements prior to the designated time of graduation. Students may also request for the university to extend their designated duration of study.
1. Academic requirements for undergraduate students
Academic affairs for undergraduate students are mainly in charge by schools/departments. After registration in International Students Office, you need to go to your school/department for registration and select courses under the instruction of teaching secretary in your school/department according to the cultivation plan of your major. Please consult International Students Office for the contact information and office address of your teaching secretary.
For graduation, you must obtain at least 130 credits and pass oral defense of the graduation thesis. For more information about credits and degree requirements, please consult the Teaching Secretary in your school/department.
2. Academic Requirements for postgraduate students
Academic affairs for postgraduate students are mainly in charge by supervisors and schools/departments. After registration in International Students Office, you need to go to your school/department for registration. Specific cultivation plan for each postgraduate student is supposed to be made by the supervisor and the student, and must be approved by the school.
Then you can start selecting courses. Please log in the "Postgraduate Education System" (www.yjs.ustc.edu.cn) and select courses under the instruction of your supervisor according to your cultivation plan.
Regulated by Chinese Ministry of Education, Chinese language and China Panorama are compulsory courses for all international students studying for degree programs.
Since Oct. 2018, it is further regulated by Chinese Ministry of Education that international students enrolled in Chinese-taught programs must pass HSK 5 before graduation; international undergraduate students enrolled in English-taught programs must pass HSK 4 before graduation; and international master’s degree students and doctoral students enrolled in English-taught programs must pass HSK 3 before graduation. Students enrolled in English-taught programs can write graduation thesis in English, but the abstract must be in Chinese.
Compulsory Chinese language and culture courses are organized by International College of University of Science and Technology of China, including:
1. Graduate students supposed to pass HSK 3:
(1) Comprehensive Chinese: 2 credits
(2) Chinese Listening and Speaking: 2 credits
(3) China Panorama/China Panorama II: 4 credits
2. Graduate students supposed to pass HSK 5:
(1) Comprehensive Chinese (Advanced): 4 credits
(2) China Panorama/China Panorama II: 4 credits